Diplo

Diplo, Diplodocus, Wes Gully, and Wes Diplo are all pseudonyms of Wesley Pentz, a Philadelphia-based producer and DJ since 2003. Together with DJ Low Budget he runs Hollertronix, a party and music collective. In addition to his solo career, he has worked with Sri-Lankan/Tamil singer and artist M.I.A.. The two were also romantically involved. Pentz’s alias, short for Diplodocus, derives from his childhood fascination with dinosaurs.

As a DJ, Diplo is characterized by his eclectic, often 80s-oriented mashups, mixtapes, and live sets. On his full-length solo effort Florida, however, his sound is closer to sample-based cinematic instrumental hip hop, not unlike the work of DJ Shadow.

Born in Mississippi and raised across the southern United States, Diplo picked up much of the local culture while growing up there. Music styles such as dirty south, crunk and miami bass are now trademark ingredients of the Hollertronix output. Pentz’s solo work is also influenced by Southern Gothic and other southern literature. Additionally, world music is a strong musical influence on Diplo, especially baile funk which he encountered whilst traveling in Brazil.

Diplo was recently signed to Ninja Tune, on the Big Dada imprint. In 2006, he started his own label, Mad Decent, signing Brazilian baile funk group Bonde do Role and Dj Blaqstarr.

Diplo also is one of two DJ comprising the group Major Lazer. Made up of DJs Diplo and Switch, the two were introduced after working with M.I.A..

User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License and may also be available under the GNU FDL.

Diplo Albums

0.0 Decent Work For Decent Pay Diplo
Released on
February 3, 2009
Read More →

0.0 Diplo Rhythm Diplo
Released on
November 1, 2004
Read More →

0.0 FABRICLIVE. 24 Diplo
Read More →

0.0 Fabriclive.24 Diplo
Read More →


0.0 Favela on Blast Diplo
Read More →

0.0 Favela Strikes Back Diplo
Released on
November 30, 2004
Read More →

0.0 Florida Diplo
Released on
August 23, 2004
Read More →

0.0 Hollertronix Diplo
Read More →


0.0 M.I.A. – Piracy Funds Terrorism Volume 1 Diplo
Read More →

0.0 Mad Decent Worldwide Radio Diplo
Read More →

0.0 Sound and Fury Diplo
Released on
November 30, 2005
Read More →

0.0 U Don’t Like Me Diplo
Released on
February 3, 2009
Read More →


0.0 V24 Fabriclive Diplo
Read More →



Captains Dead Blog

    • strand of oaks “jm” and “shut in” via out of town films
      August 27, 2014

      sometimes its hard to put into words what an artists body of work means to you. most of the times you read reviews and its purely methodical. there’s no heart, no past history, just what they’re hearing now. sometimes music is a puzzle, and it doesnt make sense, until you put it all together. thats […]

    • bear medicine “infestation”

      howdy, folks! you miss me? probably didnt even realize ive been gone for a couple of weeks. needed a bit of a break, but now getting back into the mood. lexington, ky’s bear medicine, who i’ve been told is the best artist from said city that isnt doc feldman. i dont know the lexington music […]

    • pavement live at indie fest, 6.26.92
      August 8, 2014

      sup, peoples? here we gots a pavement show from indie fest in pittsburgh, all the way back in the good ol year of 1992. 1. perfume-v 2. home 3. frontwards 4. sue me jack 5. summer babe 6. our singer 7. spizzle trunk 8. here 9. feed em to the lions 10. no life singed […]


personalized nfl jerseys custom nfl football jerseys personalized jerseys